Experience Description

Due to serious complications of childbirth I was rushed for life-saving surgery. While I was rushed to surgery, I was telling the doctor about things that were going to happen next and they did happen. After the surgery, my doctor explained that I had reached the stage of heightened awareness and so was being able to tell what was going to happen next. At one point during the surgery, I remember having no air inside me. I believe that was the time when my lungs had collapsed (as told by the doctor later). They had lost me for about eleven seconds.

At this time, I remember very clearly, what I felt was something like someone wanting to place some blocks on me - like a jigsaw puzzle - but they didn't know where to fix it. I knew and wanted to let them know. I was screaming to tell but they could not hear me. I lifted my arm but suddenly realized my arm was in two places on the operation table and trying to reach the doctor. At that point, I gave up but strangely, I was not at all sad. I accepted it almost, lay back feeling satisfied with a feeling of a lot of peace and calm around me. I felt happy that the doctors had failed to fit the puzzle piece. Then suddenly I felt a gush of cold air filling my body which may have been the ventilator starting. I woke up the next day.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 15 Jan 2009

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Childbirth Other clinical death for 11 seconds

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

Did you feel separated from your body? No I lost awareness of my body

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal Throughout the above described phase.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Throughout the above described phase.

Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Very loud and clear. Even a whisper was loud enough.

Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin

Did you see an unearthly light? No

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Felt as if I knew what was going to happen next.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness

Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy

Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world

The experience included: Special Knowledge

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control

Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future As mentioned above.

Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Liberal

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin

Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them

Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:

During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes As described earlier. Knew exactly what was going to happen next.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I lost my baby that night. It makes me wonder where she went.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? No

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? It scares me to know of what I have been through. It seems unnatural.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes As soon as I woke up after the surgery I was asking the doctor questions which surprised them and also confirmed the events.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Very real because the event is picture clear in my mind until now.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No